Saturday, Oct. 21 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center| $15/couple or $10/person
Join instructors Monica Sawyer, Ecuador native, and Luisa Groundland, Venezuela native, for a Salsa dance workshop. Salsa has its roots in earlier dance styles such as the Cha-cha and Mambo and is influenced by swing dance styles. No experience is necessary. Singles and couples are welcome. Register by Oct. 16. Space is limited.
Introduction to Belly Dance
Saturday, Oct. 28 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center| $15
Explore the gentle and fun art of belly dance. This dance is traditionally learned from grandmothers, aunties, sisters and cousins, so it’s full of love and joy. Dance with a beautiful veil and learn how to play finger cymbals. Wear stretchy, comfortable clothes; everything else is provided. No experience is necessary. Instructor Travis Jarrell has 40 years of experience. Her classes and workshops have attracted a wide range of students, including non-dancers, body therapists, pregnant mothers, athletes, singers, mountain climbers, grandmas and aspiring performers. Register by Oct. 23. Space is limited.
Tuesdays, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.| Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30
Thursdays, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7, 14 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.| Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30
Looking for a way to reduce stress? Consider Tai Chi. This Chinese martial art has developed into a graceful form of exercise that not only reduces stress but helps with a variety of health conditions. Tai Chi, often described as “meditation in motion,” promotes serenity through gentle, flowing, low-impact movements. It puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. Participants of all experience levels may sign up for one or both of these six-week sessions with instructor Nikki Desch, an award-winning martial artist with 35+ years of experience. Registration is required five business days prior to the class.
Mondays and Wednesdays with instructor | Fridays with video | 11 a.m. – noon | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $2 on Mondays and Wednesdays | Free on Fridays
This yoga class is designed for participants with chronic pain and the physically challenged, who spend the majority of the class seated. The “poses” are gentle, range-of-motion movements and stretching combined with breathing exercises and meditation led by instructor Shelia Barnes.
First and third Friday each month | 6:30-8 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $1
The Cookeville Traditional Dance class meets on the first and third Friday evening of each month. The class focuses on English Country and American Contra dancing, while adding in some traditional dances from other countries as well, such as Scotland. Neither experience nor a partner is required. Fun for the whole family. For more information, contact Mev McCurdy at email@example.com.
Walking to Wellness
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays | 10-11 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free
The Cane Creek Recreation Center provides log-in sheets for keeping track of walking miles. Participants may power walk indoors or outdoors.
Questions about classes and programs? Call Mildred Garrett, programmer, at 931-520-5286.
Daily | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $3
Take fitness classes for $3 per visit, with no membership fee or contract. Offerings include Zumba, Dance2Fit, yoga, cardio sculpt, strength training, step aerobics, cycling and much more. See our monthly schedule and class descriptions at Fitness Classes. Lunch Express classes start at 11 a.m. each week day and are divided into 30-minute sessions for $2 each or $3 for both sessions.
Questions about fitness classes? Call Jen Webb, special programs coordinator, at 931-526-7393.
School of Dance
August through May | Cane Creek Recreation Center
The Leisure Services School of Dance offers Dance for Young Children (ages 3 through first grade) and technique classes for ages 7 through adult in the areas of classical ballet, modern dance, jazz and hip hop. Tuition is based on 33 instructional weeks, August through May. Learn more at School of Dance.
Questions about School of Dance? Call Chad McDonald, cultural arts superintendent, at 931-520-5296.